Groupe des Spécialistes et Passionnés des Baobabs de Madagascar

INTERNATIONAL BAOBAB CONGRESS

REPORTED ON December 15, 16 and 17, 2019
DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF CYCLONE BELNA

NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

Following the passage of Cyclone Belna in Morondava, the organizing committee had to postpone the baobab congress for safety reasons. The venue and the program during the congress are maintained. Therefore, online registration is opened until December 13, 2019.

Baobab congress 15-17th December, 2019

Kimony Resort, Morondava, Madagascar

Under the theme :
«Baobab conservation for a sustainable economic development»

We are excited to be holding the first baobab congress in Madagascar who will bring together students and researchers, economic and tourist operators, as well as biodiversity managers and conservation stakeholders working in the field of baobab conservation and sustainable marketing.

Why baobabs ?

The baobab trees represent a truly emblem of the Malagasy flora. Madagascar is known for its high biodiversity and baobabs are the symbol of this richness. A heritage, a tourist attraction, a useful tree, baobab trees are currently threatened by deforestation and the irrational exploitation of its habitat and species. Globally, baobab species are also threatened by climate change. Their survival will depend on actions taken to protect the ecosystems that support them, to conserve their species and, most importantly, to support local communities that depend on these resources.

Join us !

Are you working on baobabs? Are you studying baobabs? Are you passionate on this majestic tree? Do you want to help to save the baobabs? Join us!

The baobabs from the genus Adansonia and the family MALVACEAE are one of the most prodigious and majestic giant trees worldwide.  There are currently 9 species in the world including one Australian (A. gibbosa), two African (A. digitata, A. kilima) and six (6) Malagasy (A. grandidieri, A. madagascariensis, A. perrieri, A. rubrostipa, A. suarezensis and A. za). Madagascar is therefore the homeland of baobabs. These trees have multiple uses. Some of baobabs trees are sacred or having historical values. Baobab fruits are edible.

To the west of the large island, the bark and trunk have various uses such as making strips and ropes, building houses and leaves are used as vegetables and fodder for cattle. The African species (Adansonia digitata), including its derivatives, has been traded locally and internationally for many years. Beyond these uses, Malagasy baobabs have a highly symbolic heritage and tourist value. The baobab alley in Morondava, in western Madagascar, is a must for tourists.

To the west of the large island, the bark and trunk have various uses such as making strips and ropes, building houses and leaves are used as vegetables and fodder for cattle. The African species (Adansonia digitata), including its derivatives, has been traded locally and internationally for many years. Beyond these uses, Malagasy baobabs have a highly symbolic heritage and tourist value. The baobab alley in Morondava, in western Madagascar, is a must for tourists.

But today, these majestic trees are strongly threatened by deforestation, large-scale exploitation of mining resources. Urgent conservation actions are needed to save this heritage.

Our missions

Our main mission is to contribute to Malagasy endemic species conservation, in particular baobab trees, by supporting societies in the management and sustainable use of these natural resources.  To this end, we use our expertise to set up research and development projects but also to participate in the research program through a partnership with national and international organizations. Our goal is also to promote and ensure the exchange of skills between all stakeholders in conservation. Finally, we are also working on environmental education projects for young people and by working closely with local communities.

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The Group of Malagasy Baobab Experts and Enthusiasts, "GSPBM" is a non-profit, scientific, technical and non-political association. It has been created to contribute to the protection, conservation and sustainable use of the world's baobab species and their ecosystems.

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Lot 2F 3 Bis B Antsahameva Andraisoro, Antananarivo 101

+261 34 01 133 47

+261 34 84 301 00

contact@gspbm.org

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